Outdoor Lighting Menards

Outdoor Lighting Menards

Outdoor Lighting Buying Guide Add beauty and security with outdoor lighting. Our guide helps you understand fixture types and functions to choose the best outdoor lighting for safety, accent lighting, post lighting and deck lighting for your home. Save Item Send to a FriendPrint What is Outdoor Lighting? Outdoor lighting includes a variety of light fixtures that address and improve exterior home security and safety. Additionally, these lighting fixtures highlight landscaping and architecture at night. Outdoor lighting fixtures are available as hardwire, plug-in or solar units. Security and Flood Lights Security and flood lights are broad-beamed, high-intensity lights designed to flood large areas with light. As a result, these fixtures are often used as a preventive measure to reduce criminal activity and increase feelings of safety – especially when equipped with a motion sensor that causes the light to illuminate when movement is perceived. Security and flood lights are most effective when correct-wattage bulbs are paired with covers that direct light to a specific area and reduce blinding glare and deep shadows where dangers can hide. Choose a wattage high enough to illuminate the desired area, but low enough that light doesn’t creep onto the street or into a neighbor’s yard or window. Shop for Outdoor Security & Flood Lights Wall Lights Wall lights mount on virtually any vertical surface and cast an ambient glow. Great for illuminating recessed areas, pathways, walkways and stairways, wall lights help eliminate shadows in recessed areas of architecture or hardscaping, therefore reducing the risk of tripping and accidents. Because these are accent lights, use low-wattage bulbs. Higher wattages create glare and can be harsh at night. Shop for Outdoor Wall Lights Post Lights Post lights mount on posts, railings or their own poles for unlimited placement options. This is an advantage as they throw light on areas away from the house without the intensity of a flood light. The height of the post helps determine the function and placement of the light. Taller posts are great for driveways and larger, open areas that need more light. Shorter posts are great for illuminating pathways or tucked into landscaping to accent features or brighten dark alcoves. Shop for Outdoor Post Lights Ceiling-Mount / Pendant Lights Shining light from above, ceiling-mount and pendant light fixtures illuminate covered porches, entryways and gazebo areas. Ceiling and pendant fixtures are a wonderful way to showcase dining and seating areas. Shop for Outdoor Flush-Mount Ceiling Lights Shop for Outdoor Pendant Lights CautionWhen placing pendant lights, make allowances for height and swing radius so the fixture won’t hit a screen door, wall or a person. Ceiling Fans Ceiling fans offer multiple benefits: decorative overhead lighting, cooling and insect deterrence. They are best in covered porches, entryways and gazebos – just make sure the ceiling fan you intend to install is rated for outdoor use. Shop for Outdoor Ceiling Fans Landscape Lighting Landscape lighting accents a home’s facade and landscape features. With a variety of fixture types, it’s easy to find a solution that creates all the right highlights. Path and stake lights illuminate walkways to prevent accidents along footpaths. Deck lights attach to the structure to cast ambient light onto the deck for easy navigation. Use on stairways to prevent accidents. Accent lighting helps highlight a home’s architecture and outdoor living spaces by introducing uplights, downlights, well lights and spotlights. Shop for Landscape Lights Outdoor Lighting Considerations The “dark sky” movement is a product of the International Dark-Sky Association, an organization dedicated to reducing light pollution and to minimize the negative impact of artificial light on nature. You may notice that some outdoor lighting fixtures are categorized as “Dark Sky” and have a “Good Neighbor” seal on the packaging. The IDA is responsible for the “Fixture Seal of Approval” program that judges the friendliness of lighting fixtures on nature. The group takes into account glare, deep shadows, light trespass (the amount of light that escapes the intended area), sky glow (the amount of unnatural light that floods our skies at night) and impact on the natural world (including sea turtle egg laying, migrating bird confusion and irregular growing cycles). Smart lighting – or lighting that directs its glow only where it’s needed – is essential as it minimizes the amount of light spilling over into unnecessary spaces. These fixtures are marked with Good Neighbor or IDA seals. Another way to minimize light pollution is to install dusk-to-dawn fixtures. Using a light sensor, the fixture determines the time of day and operates only in the evening. This is an especially useful feature when used in combination with motion lighting, as to avoid paying for electricity used unnecessarily in daylight hours. If you don’t have motion fixtures or dusk-to-dawn fixtures, consider using a timer for outdoor lighting. You May Also Like . . . Lighting Ideas for Outdoor Living Install Motion Lights Outdoor Living Guides Shop Lowe’s Outdoor Lighting Landscape Lights & Kits Security & Flood Lights Related Videos & Guides Install Landscape Lighting Landscape Lighting Ideas Light Bulb Buying Guide Ideas & Inspiration Outdoor Lighting Outdoor Lighting for Summer Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide Lowe’s Services Exterior Lighting Install Ceiling Fan Installation
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Outdoor Lighting Menards

By Maria Allard Posted April 12, 2017 » click to enlarge « Landscape lighting in the spring and summer can accent a home’s architecture and outdoor living spaces. (Shutterstock image) Landscape lighting in the spring and summer can accent a home’s architecture and outdoor living spaces. (Shutterstock image) METRO DETROIT — When outdoors this spring and summer, you don’t have to be in the dark when the sun goes down. There are plenty of outdoor lighting options for your backyard, front yard, patio, driveway, walkway, deck or flagpole. The national chain of Lowe’s Home Improvement offers several options. “Landscape lighting can accent a home’s facade and landscape features, even at night. You can also use accent lighting to highlight a home’s architecture and outdoor living spaces by introducing uplights, downlights, well lights and spotlights,” Matt Michaels, Lowe’s spokesperson, said in an email. Path and stake lights, for instance, can illuminate walkways to prevent accidents along footpaths. Deck lights also can be a lighting option. Outdoor lighting fixtures are available as hardwire, plug-in or solar units. By using a light sensor, the fixture determines the time of day and operates only in the evening. “This is an especially useful feature when used in combination with motion lighting, as to avoid paying for electricity used unnecessarily in daylight hours,” Michaels said. “If you don’t have motion fixtures or dusk-to-dawn fixtures, homeowners should consider using a timer for outdoor lighting.” Many different colors and styles are available, including antique copper, polished copper, black, verdigris, pewter, antique brown and brass. Verdigris or black also suit consumers who want their light fixtures to blend in with surrounding foliage. Some trends include vintage chic, industrial, linear and nautical. “There are several types of lights and fixtures that enable homeowners to light up almost anything they’d like. For example, wall lights mount on virtually any vertical surface and cast an ambient glow. They’re great for illuminating recessed areas, pathways, walkways and stairways,” Michaels said. “They also help eliminate shadows in recessed areas of architecture or hardscaping, therefore reducing the risk of tripping and accidents. Because these are accent lights, you should use low-wattage bulbs. Higher wattages create glare and can be harsh at night.” Kathy Cooper, outdoor lighting specialist and sales for Rocks ‘n’ Roots Landscape and Pond Supplies, located in Washington Township, said the popularity of outdoor lighting “has really spiked in the last couple years.” “Our lights have really taken off, especially since the LED lighting has come out,” Cooper said. “With LED, you can use some color bulbs. The clean white gives a nice, crisp bright light. It stands out. The warm lights give a soft accent.” Rocks ‘n’ Roots carries a large selection of low-voltage lighting. “Low-voltage lights are very easy for anyone to hook up,” said Cooper, who works one-on-one with homeowners to show them how to install them. “You can get a beautiful accent with low-voltage lighting.” A transformer is needed for the outdoor light fixtures. A wire connects from the transformer to the lights; the transformer can be planted either inside or outside the home. “The transformers are sold in wattages. You can bury the wire under some mulch or some stone where you want your lights to be,” Cooper said. “To keep moisture off the transformer, mount it a foot off the ground. Make sure you don’t go over your wattage of your transformer.” Some homeowners use spotlights to accent large trees, while spotlights also can be shone between windows to illuminate the front yard, Cooper said. Outdoor Deco string lights have become fashionable. “These are the lights you will see at bars and restaurants,” Cooper said. “They kind of hang over your gazebo or patio.” Another popular trend are solar-powered lights. The national home improvement chain Menards, which has a Warren location on Van Dyke Avenue, sells solar-powered lights. The solar lights are able to absorb direct sunlight throughout the day to energize their batteries. When night falls, these lights will automatically turn on and remain lit anywhere from eight to 10 hours. “We do have quite a few for sale,” said Race Cameron, assistant general manager for the Warren Menards. “Most of our solars are LED lights; they take a lot less power to run and are more energy efficient. They are very good for the climate we live in.” Since the solar-powered lights need to receive sunlight to work properly, it is recommended to place them in areas that receive plenty of direct sunlight during the day and away from tall trees, shrubs or anything else that could interfere with their exposure to direct sunlight. “They automatically turn on at dusk,” Cameron said. “The solar lights are weatherproof, and you can get a lot of light in a very small area.” Solar-powered outdoor lighting can be used to outline a sidewalk or path, frame the front door, and accent the landscaping or garden beds. Solar-powered lighting requires minimal maintenance, is versatile and can be placed in most places where sunlight is prevalent. Solar lighting sold at Menards is available in a variety of shapes and styles, from low-lying path lights to bright task lights. The solar panel lighting is good at picking up sunlight even on cloudy days, Cameron said. About the author Staff Writer Maria Allard covers the school districts of Center Line, Fitzgerald, Van Dyke, Warren Consolidated and Warren Woods, and Macomb Community College for the Warren Weekly newspaper. She also covers the City of Grosse Pointe Woods and the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System for the Grosse Pointe Times newspaper. Allard has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University, and she is in love with the Rolling Stones. Full bio and more articles by this reporter For more local news coverage, see the following newspaper: Warren Weekly

Outdoor Lighting Menards

Outdoor Lighting Menards
Outdoor Lighting Menards
Outdoor Lighting Menards
Outdoor Lighting Menards
Outdoor Lighting Menards

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